Course: American Literature 2

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Course title American Literature 2
Course code KAJ/4162
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Čapek Jan, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Sherwood Anderson, Gertrude Stein, F. S. Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, 2. William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Flannery O'Connor 3. Modern Poetry I: T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams 4. Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Erica Jong 5. Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill, Edward Albee, Charlie Chaplin 6. Modern Poetry II: Allen Ginsberg, W.S. Burroughs, Gary Snyder, Denise Levertov, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed 7. Delmore Schwartz, Bernard Malamud, I.B. Singer; Raymond Carver, Ann Beattie 8. Geronimo, Gerald Vizenor, N.S. Momaday 9. M. L. King jr., James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Cornel West 10.Thomas Pynchon, D.F. Wallace

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 56 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the historical development of American Literature from the very beginning of the 20th century until today. Students will read and interpret canonical works of modernism and post-modernism.
Students can wade through the leaves of American literary history, interpret canonical works of American Literature and share their reflections with other seminar members. They are able to work on literary projects and gain competences they may utilize as elementary school teachers.
This course is a follow up to American Literature 1 course and students may utilize their knowledge gained during the courses of American history, British literature 1 and 2, and Introduction to Literary Theory.

Assessment methods and criteria
Requirements will be announced by the lecturer. In principle: Students need to comply with all of the following requirements: 1. Regular attendance (80 percent, two missed classes are allowed). 2. Regular preparation for the course. If unprepared for two and more classes, the student will not receive the credit for the course. 3. Cumulative test score ("Midterm" and "Final") of 70 percent and more. If scoring less, students are allowed to take an alternative credit test covering the whole term. Midterm and final tests may be repeated only after submitting a doctor's note. 4. Submit an essay. 5. In-class presentation.
Recommended literature
  • Od Poea k postmodernismu. Proměny americké prózy. Odeon, Praha, 1993.
  • Abrams , M. H. A Glossary of Literary Terms. Holt, Rinehart and Winston Inc.. 1985.
  • Ruland, K. - Bradbury, R. Od puritanismu k postmodernismu. Dějiny americké literatury. Praha. 1997.
  • Ruland R. & Bradbury, M. From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literatrure. New York, 1991.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): English Language and Literature (A14) Category: Philological sciences 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Summer